Developing, Administering, and Scoring the Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification Examination

Hastings Center Report 49 (5):15-22 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In November 2018, the practice of health care ethics consultation crossed a major threshold when 138 candidates took the inaugural Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification Examination. This accomplishment, long in the making, has had and continues to have both advocates and critics. The Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification Commission, a functionally autonomous body created and funded by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, was charged with overseeing creation of the certification process, developing the exam, and formulating certification standards and policies to assess candidates’ qualifications. In this essay, as members of the commission, we describe the process of developing, administering, and scoring the certification examination as well as the historical context and the outlook for certification. By detailing the decisions and actions of the commission, we aim to provide a transparent account of the commission's efforts to develop a psychometrically sound, reliable, and secure examination through a deliberative, fair, and data‐driven process.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,349

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

What Actually Happened.Mark G. Kuczewski - 1999 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 8 (3):380-381.
What Actually Happened.Mark G. Kuczewski - 1999 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 8 (4):543.
On Being a Consultant in Business Ethics.Robert Es - 1993 - Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 2 (4):228-232.
Should an Ethics Consultant Serve as a Patient Advocate?Marcia Sue DeWolf Bosek - 2003 - Jona's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation 5 (4):78-81.
Is Certification the Current Gold Standard? &Na & Dominick L. Flarey - 2000 - Jona's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation 2 (2):43-46.
Adding insult to injury: the healthcare brain drain.C. R. Hooper - 2008 - Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (9):684-687.


Added to PP

15 (#923,100)

6 months
9 (#290,637)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?